Sunday, June 23, 2013

Slow Living Month 5

May..... it came and went so fast and finally, better late than never, I am linking up at Slow Living Essentials. It is good to look back on achievements, however small, that make life meaningful and enjoyable...

NOURISH: 

My daughter made a delicious orange cake in celebration of her Opa's birthday. 
We agreed it was her best ever orange cake.


 With cooler weather we have enjoyed various soups such as chicken noodle soup and spicy red lentil and tomato soup. The favourite has been a new butternut  soup recipe. 
My eldest says tastes better every time I make it .
 Here is the recipe:
1 onion chopped
4 garlic cloves
 4cm ginger 
1 chili 
45 my Thai Red Curry Paste
 15ml cumin 
Fry above ingredients together. 
Add 1.2 kg butternut and 750ml veg stock. Simmer until done, then blitz until smooth. 
Add 30 ml fish sauce, 1 can coconut milk and 1/2 cup of peanut butter. 
Season to taste with salt and pepper. 
Garnish with your choice of fresh chili  coriander, chopped peanuts or a swirl of Bulgarian yogurt.

PREPARE
I pickled some of the abundant chili harvest which I popped straight into the freezer as is for later use. I also froze granadilla pulp in hopes of making grannadilla butter soon,  or perhaps a granadilla cake.

REDUCE: 
I have been systematically un-subscribing from various emails that clutter my inbox and choosing to keep only those that serve me.



Hubby did a wonderful job of sanding down our outside table and benches, so much so that friends have asked if it is new!

GREEN:
Citrus peels have been scattered in the veg garden to deter the cat from going in there...
not too successful but worth a shot.
We were blessed with boxes of biodegradable pods from Espresso Ethical Coffee Company and the use of my neighbours Nespresso machine. The coffee grinds have been scattered in the garden and it is good to know the capsules have been made from renewable materials too. 


The two younger kids each bought themselves these colourful recycled coca cola can storage boxes. They were very fortunate to get them at a dramatically reduced price.

GROW: 



We have enjoyed tomatoes, granadillas, chillies, pepperdews, lettuce, peas, herbs , spring onions, green peppers, spinach and celery.
I planted broad bean seeds saved from my neighbour's crop from last season. Peas, carrots went into the soil as well as ranunculus bulbs that should bring some colour to the garden in the spring. These were a free gift from the nursery for this month.

CREATE:



 My ever creative daughter made these cute fairy wands and more miniature felt creations for an order.


Her craft club girls practised creativity by decorating cookies.


I made another scarf as a gift for a dear friend's birthday.


Two more quick and easy scarves were made as gifts for friends.
 I so enjoy knitting when the temperatures drop.


It was fun to put together this box of shells that have been collected over time. Some from long ago Dar es Salaam days, some from South African shores . It it so sweet to see my little nephew enjoying his Aunty's  shell collection.


I finally spent time "decorating" the garden with last December's birthday gifts.... cute labels and hanging hearts and more....yes, I can procrastinate terribly!

DISCOVER: 
Mmmm....not much to add here.

ENHANCE:


My youngest and I enjoyed a morning in the arboretum with the nature club on our first ever geocache. 



Despite the geocache  not being found, it was a fun experience.

ENJOY: 
We enjoyed a wonderful afternoon with hubby's parents and Dutch cousin visiting our home for a braai. We were thankful that the weather was good to us that day.
Two girlfriends and I enjoyed a fish nibble foot treatment and pedicure as a Mother's Day treat. Lots of laughs and giggles as we enjoyed the experience.
Friend and family birthdays were celebrated.
Autumn beach walks and pine cone hunting in the forest nourished souls.
We spent a wonderful family morning out, exploring Montebello and Rhodes Memorial.

Thanks Christine for the great opportunity to link up and share.

Slow Living 2013 - Month by Month

4 comments:

  1. And I thought I was late :-) I loved this post and and very envious of your lack of frost and your productive garden. The soup sounds fantastic.

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    1. Thanks Cath :) Try the soup, it is delicious!

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  2. Sounds like a great month, Wendy, thanks for sharing. I love the sound of your soup - will give it a go. Your daughter is a very creative soul! She must get it from her mother. :)

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    1. Thanks Christine, I think she is a lot more creative than me :)

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